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The Off The Chart Summer Special

The Off The Chart Summer Special

Ah, summer. Long days full of blazing sunshine, a gentle breeze wafting across the sandy beach, perhaps a stroll along the promenade for an ice cream.

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Ah. That’s except for viewers in Scotland, who will have to put up with the usual torrential rain, gale force winds blowing wet sand into their face, and being divebombed by seagulls intent on stealing your soggy chips.

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Regardless, we decided it would be a smashing idea to do a Summer Special in the mould of the old Radio 1 Roadshow and so, unlike previous summer specials which were just regular studio shows with copious sound effects overlaid on them, this year we actually went out for real to record on the beach in North Berwick. Join us as we play a load of summery ’80s records, reminisce about the summers of our youth (and those of our listeners) and, because it’s the summer roadshow, play Bits and Pieces!


Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm every Tuesday! You can stream Mad Wasp Radio via their website, their apps for iOS or Android, or through TuneIn and MyTuner, or ask your smart speaker to “play Mad Wasp Radio” – and don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #OffTheChart. If you’re not around, you can hear the show again on Mad Wasp Radio at 10am on Friday, or catch up on Mixcloud after that.

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Spotify playlists

If you’ve missed a previous edition they’re all on our Mixcloud page, or for a taster of the music we play, listen to our Spotify playlist Way Off The Chart including one track from each show!

We also have a Spotify playlist for our #ICEOTWF feature, including all (well, most) of the international hits we’ve played since the feature began in March 2017. There are all sorts of oddities in here, all of which were hits somewhere in the world but not in the UK!

Off The Chart: 4 May 1983

Off The Chart: 4 May 1983

Come on, join us for another edition of Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1983! We’ll have a mix of forgotten and obscure hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s … read more

Off The Chart: 23 February 1983

Off The Chart: 23 February 1983

Join us for a trip back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart as we flood your earholes with two hours of hits you might not remember. We’ll also have the usual round-up of the day’s events, three of … read more

Off The Chart: 27 January 1983

Off The Chart: 27 January 1983

There are some strange goings-on on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian look at a very odd chart from this week in 1983. As always there’s a hatful of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from the … read more

Off The Chart: 21 October 1982

We’re going back to this very day in 1982 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian guide us gently through the week’s hits – some big, some small, some not as big as you remember and some you probably … read more

Off The Chart: 15 July 1984

Off The Chart: 15 July 1984

Is it still nostalgia if you’re listening to old records you don’t remember? Here’s your chance to find out as we go back to 1984 to dig out some of the week’s forgotten hit singles, as well as three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 22 April 1983

Off The Chart: 22 April 1983

All back to ours for another Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dissect the UK singles chart of 22 April 1983, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often, three tracks from a featured album, a hit … read more

Off The Chart: 11 February 1983

Off The Chart: 11 February 1983

Back to 1983 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the less remembered hits of the week, plus three tracks from a featured album with an unfeasibly long name and the top five singles … read more

Alphabet Street: B

Alphabet Street: B

In our new midweek podcast Tracey Binnie takes us through the ’80s alphabetically, with a little help and/or hindrance from obscure fact maestro Steve. Each edition of Alphabet Street features an hour or so of acts whose names begin with … read more